The Minister of Labour Vera Kamtukule has assured Ministers of Labour and Employment under Southern African Developing Community (SADC) Region that her ministry is working hard to eliminate cases of child labour in Malawi.
Kamtukule made the assurance during the SADC Ministers of Employment and Labour and Social Partners, which took place from 29-30 March 2022 at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
She said child labour is prevalent in many African countries in Africa where it has negatively affected well-being of children both mentally and psychologically.
According to Kamtukule, about 9.2 million children are involved in child labour in Africa, a situation she said requires an urgent action.
“There are a lot of children that are in child labour and the social economic effects attached to that are very enormous. And we need to do whatever we can as governments to eliminate all forms of child labour. There are various drivers of child labour such as poverty, armed conflict, inadequate laws and regulations, social inequality and discrimination among others and these require our attention,” she said.
Among others, the ministers discussed and agreed to create a conducive environment for people who travel from one country to another within the region to search for employment opportunities.
Under the theme, “Bolstering productive capacities in the face of Covid-19 pandemic for inclusive, sustainable, economic and industrial transformation”, the meeting attracted Employment and Labour Ministers from Namibia, Botswana, Eswathini , Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
Other participants were from the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and SADC Secretariat.